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The Best Soccer Players from Israel 

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Updated June 14, 2019 3.6k votes 563 voters 29.4k views 63 items

List of the best soccer players from Israel. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Israel, along with photos when available. This list of best Israeli soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Israeli soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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Yossi Benayoun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Midfielder from Dimona

Nationality: Spain, Israel

Yossi Shai Benayoun (Hebrew: יוסף שי "יוסי" בניון, born 5 May 1980) is a retired Israeli professional footballer who last played for Beitar Jerusalem and captained the Israel national ...more
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Eyal Berkovic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Eyal Berkovic Midfielder from Regba

Nationality: Israel

Eyal Berkovic (or Berkovich, Hebrew: אייל ברקוביץ'‎; born 2 April 1972) is an Israeli former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He made 78 appearances for Israel, and is ...more
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Haim Revivo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Haim Revivo Midfielder from Ashdod

Nationality: Israel

Haim Michael Revivo (Hebrew: חיים מיכאל רביבו; born 22 February 1972) is a retired Israeli football player who played as a midfielder, and a businessman.
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Eran Zahavi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Naseem Heno added Eran Zahavi Midfielder from Rishon LeZion

Nationality: France, Israel

Eran Zahavi (or Zehavi, Hebrew: ערן זהבי‎; born 25 July 1987) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or striker for Guangzhou R&F and for the Israel ...more
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Ronny Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Forward and Midfielder from Haifa

Nationality: Israel

Ronny Rosenthal (Hebrew: רוני רוזנטל‎; born October 11, 1963), nicknamed "Rocket Ronny", is an Israeli former footballer. After starting his career in his birth city with Maccabi ...more
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Mordechai Spiegler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Forward from Sochi

Nationality: Israel, Soviet Union

Mordechai "Motaleh" Shpigler (Hebrew: מרדכי שפיגלר‎, born 19 August 1944) is a former Israeli footballer and manager. He remains Israel's record goalscorer, with 33 goals in 83 caps.
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Avi Cohen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Defender from Cairo

Nationality: Egypt, Israel

Avraham "Avi" Cohen (Hebrew: אבי כהן; 14 November 1956 – 29 December 2010) was an Israeli footballer who played as a defender. He was best known for his spells playing for two British ...more
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Bibras Natkho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Midfielder from Kfar Kama

Nationality: Israel

Bibras Natkho (Hebrew: בִּיבָּרְס נַאתְכוֹ, Adyghe: Бибэрс Натхъо [bəjbars naːtχʷa]; born 18 February 1988) is an Israeli footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Serbian club Partizan ...more
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Lior Refaelov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Lior Refaelov Midfielder from Or Akiva

Nationality: Israel

Lior Refaelov (or Lior Rafaelov, Hebrew: ליאור רפאלוב‎; born 26 April 1986) is an Israeli footballer who plays for Royal Antwerp as an attacking midfielder or winger. He began his career at ...more
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Tal Ben Haim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Defender from Rishon LeZion

Nationality: Israel

Tal Ben Haim (or Tal Ben Haim I, Hebrew: טל בן-חיים‎; born 31 March 1982) is an Israeli footballer who currently plays at Beitar Jerusalem and Israel national football team. He can play at ...more
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Tomer Hemed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Tomer Hemed Forward from Haifa

Nationality: Israel

Tomer Hemed (Hebrew: תומר חמד‎; born 2 May 1987) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as a striker for Charlton Athletic and the Israel national team.
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Ya'akov Hodorov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Goalkeeper from Rishon LeZion

Nationality: Israel

Ya'akov Hodorov (Hebrew: יעקב חודורוב) (born 16 June 1927; died 31 December 2006) was an Israeli football goalkeeper in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He was considered by many to be Israel's best ...more
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Avi Ran is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Goalkeeper from Israel

Nationality: Israel

Avi Ran (August 25, 1963 - July 11, 1987) was a goalkeeper at the Israeli football club Maccabi Haifa. Widely considered one of the greatest football players in Israel, he had a promising future ...more
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Giora Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel

Nationality: Israel

Giora Spiegel (Hebrew: גיורא שפיגל‎), (born July 27, 1947, in Petah Tikva) is a former Israeli footballer and coach. As a footballer, he holds the record for the longest Israeli international ...more
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Elyaniv Barda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Elyaniv Barda Forward from Beersheba

Nationality: Israel

Elyaniv Barda (or Elianiv Barda, Hebrew: אליניב ברדה‎, born 15 December 1981) is an Israeli former football forward and winger. His former clubs include Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel ...more
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Itzhak Shum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel

Nationality: Israel, Soviet Union

Itzhak Shum (Hebrew: יצחק שום‎, born 1 September 1948 in Chişinău, Moldavian SSR) is a retired Israeli football player and manager, and currently the owner of Hapoel Kfar Saba.
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Yaniv Katan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Winger and Forward from Kiryat Ata

Nationality: Israel

Yaniv Katan (Hebrew: יניב קטן‎; born 27 January 1981) is a retired Israeli international footballer who played professionally for Maccabi Haifa, as a forward and winger. He earned 31 caps for ...more
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Shalom Tikva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Shalom Tikva Forward from Netanya

Nationality: Israel

Shalom Tikva (born May 8, 1965), is a former Israeli international footballer.
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Omer Damari is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Omer Damari Forward from Rishon LeZion

Nationality: Israel

Omer Damari (Hebrew: עומר דמארי, born 24 March 1989) is an Israeli footballer who plays for the Israel national team as a striker.
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Tal Ben Haim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Tal Ben Haim Forward and Midfielder from Herzliya

Nationality: Israel

Tal Ben Haim (born 5 August 1989), sometimes known as Tal Ben Chaim (Hebrew: טל בן-חיים‎) or Tal Ben Haim II, is an Israeli footballer who plays for Sparta Prague as a winger. He can also play ...more
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David Primo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Defender from Bulgaria

Nationality: Israel, Bulgaria

David Primo (Hebrew: דוד פרימו‎; born 5 May 1946 in Bulgaria) is a former Israeli international footballer who was part of the squad that competed at the 1970 World Cup, Israel's only world cup ...more
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Itay Shechter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Itay Shechter Forward from Ramat Yishai

Nationality: Israel

Itay Shechter (Hebrew: איתי שכטר‎; born 22 February 1987) is an Israeli footballer who plays as a forward in Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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Nir Klinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Nir Klinger

Nationality: Israel

Nir Klinger (Hebrew: ניר קלינגר‎; born 25 May 1966) is an Israeli former footballer, and currently a manager. During the 1990s, Klinger served as Captain for Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israel ...more
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Moshe Romano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Moshe Romano Forward from Tel Aviv

Nationality: Israel, Mandatory Palestine

Moshe Romano (Hebrew: משה רומנו‎; born 6 May 1946) is an Israeli former international footballer.
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Ben Sahar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Israel
Forward from Holon

Nationality: Israel

Ben Sahar (Hebrew: בן שׂהר, changed his last name from סהר; born 10 August 1989) is an Israeli football striker who plays for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Israeli Premier League. At 16, Sahar was ...more